ERIC Number: ED367582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Cultural and Intercultural Aspects of Education: A New Responsibility for Teachers.
A discussion of the role of teachers should begin with some of the fundamental questions that teachers themselves raise in discussing such matters. The starting point for teachers' work is the curriculum, the officially prescribed set of courses of study that they are expected to teach. The basic curriculum structure that most countries use evolved from 19th century public schooling models. Many countries are now trying to enlarge the traditionally narrow definitions of culture. Cultural and intercultural aspects of education include a variety of topics with overlapping, sometimes partially contradictory, meanings as reflected in different nations' curricula. Most countries give teachers a primary role in acquainting citizens with the cultural heritage. At the same time, almost all nations attempt to help students develop artistic talents, and teachers often express willingness to play a dynamic part in promoting artistic and aesthetic education. Teachers also have a role to play in promoting knowledge about the culture of the community, in teaching special populations, and in teaching about other cultures. Specialized institutions, such as research and university institutions and nongovernmental organizations can help promote meaningful change as well. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization International Conference on Education (43rd, Geneva, Switzerland, September 14-19, 1992). For related items, see ED 366 538-547 and SO 023 764.